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Title:
Luther's lives : two contemporary accounts of Martin Luther
Author:
Vandiver, Elizabeth, 1956-
Publication Information:
Manchester, UK ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed in the USA by Palgrave, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
vii, 408 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Philip Melanchthon and the historical Luther / Ralph Keen -- Philip Melanchthon's History of the life and acts of Dr Martin Luther / translated by Thomas D. Frazel and annotated by Ralph Keen -- Johannes Cochlaeus: an introduction to his life and work / Ralph Keen -- The deeds and writings of Dr Martin Luther from the year of the Lord 1517 to the year 1546 related chronologically to all posterity by Johannes Cochlaeus for the first time translated into English by Elizabeth Vandiver and annotated by Ralph Keen.
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ISBN:
9780719061042

9780719068027
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This is a contemporary, eyewitness account of the life of Martin Luther translated into English. Johannes Cochlaeus (1479-1552) was present in the great hall at the Diet of Worms on April 18, 1521 when Luther made his famous declaration before Emperor Charles V: Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me. Amen. Afterward, Cochlaeus sought Luther out, met him at his inn, and privately debated with him. Luther wrote of Cochlaeus, may God long preserve this most pious man, born to guard and teach the Gospel of His church, together with His word, Amen. However, the confrontation left Cochlaeus convinced that Luther was an impious and malevolent man. Over the next 25 years, Cochlaeus barely escaped the Peasant's War with his life. He debated with Melanchthon and the reformers of Augsburg. It was Cochlaeus who conducted the authorities to the clandestine printing press in Cologne, where William Tyndale was preparing the first English translation of the New Testament (1525). For an eyewitness account of the Reformation - and the beginnings of the Catholic Counter-Reformation - no other historical document matches the first-hand experience of Cochlaeus.


Author Notes

Elizabeth Vandiver is Director of the Honors Humanities Program and Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics, University of Maryland
Ralph Keen is Associate Professor of Religion, University of Iowa
Thomas D. Frazel is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Classical Studies, Tulane Universit


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Although some libraries may be full of books on Martin Luther, he remains a somewhat enigmatic figure. From his hand we have only brief autobiographical remarks scattered throughout his writings (the longest, from 1545, is about 3,500 words). Obtaining a clear picture of the man is also complicated because only two of his contemporaries wrote biographies. The first, by his closest friend and ally Philipp Melanchthon, was written for Luther's funeral. This biography, which focuses on Luther's impact, was quickly translated into many languages and has formed part of the foundation for all later biographies. The second work, by his great foe Johannes Cochlaeus, has remained untranslated for 450 years. Until now! This excellent volume places both works side by side in newly translated and annotated editions. The biographies are clearly introduced in just enough detail to entice the reader to explore further. This volume will be a necessary addition to every college library and to many personal libraries as well. The translators, editor, and the Sohmer-Hall Foundation that underwrote the project should be commended. D. M. Whitford Claflin University


Table of Contents

Ralph KeenRalph KeenJohannes Cochlaeus
Scholarsp. vi
Abbreviationsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
1 Philip Melanchthon and the historical Lutherp. 7
2 Philip Melanchthon's History of the Life and Acts of Dr Martin Lutherp. 14
3 Johannes Cochlaeus: an introduction to his life and workp. 40
4 The deeds and writings of Dr Martin Luther from the year of the Lord 1517 to the year 1546 related chronologically to all posterityp. 53
Translator's notep. 352
Appendixp. 353
Works citedp. 357
Notesp. 368
Indexp. 402